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Comment: Re:TV vs Film (Score 1) 187

by xSander (#48168727) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

I've watched the first 16 episodes or so of season 1 of Arrow on Netflix. It may have been renewed twice and has good ratings, but I find the series subpar.

Most of the show consist of horrible dialogues and close-ups of Stephen Amell's muscles.

The only time I can bear watching that show is when Willa Holland (eyecandy) or John Barrowman (a real actor) are on-screen.

Comment: Re:News at 11. (Score 2) 282

by xSander (#48128403) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

You don't have to buy an "OV-chipkaart" (public transport chip card) to get anywhere by train. If you use the train only incidentally, you can buy a paper ticket with a chip on it. You have to check in and out with it, but for the rest it's the same limited functionality.

The chipcard has been met with criticism since its inception, though. Aside from the usual privacy concerns, it's poorly implemented. You have to check in and out between different transport companies, for example. And of course the companies rake in the money because the tariffs are, in practice, higher than the traditional way. And a lot of people forget to check out, so they pay the full deposit (20 euro for the train) because the companies make it hard to get the money back.

I'm looking forward to using my ATM card with a NFC chip on it for train travel. That way I don't have to top up or have unused, unreachable money on my card. It's not very anonymous, but the current anonymous card isn't 100% anon either if you top it up with an ATM card or credit card, anyway.

Comment: Bike lanes (Score 1) 213

by xSander (#47869881) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Slightly off-topic, but...

I skimmed TFA and saw images of the bike lanes. it's good to see that they are segregated bike lanes, separate from car traffic. Even better that there's a cushion and a parking lane between the two types of transportation.

It amazes me why some cities think it's a good idea to have bike lanes BETWEEN car lanes. So much can go wrong in those lanes: cars changing lanes, car doors opening, etc. That will never promote or stimulate biking.

Where possible, I'd like to see bike routes to schools, especially in the USA. Children will get healthier and more independent if they bike to school instead of just sitting in their parent's car.

Comment: Re:price (Score 1) 331

by xSander (#45547177) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

I've read many paper books and have owned an e-ink e-reader for 1,5 years now. E-ink has a lot of advantages: no bookshelves full of books, the books always weigh the same no matter how many pages it has, they're generally cheaper than paper, no shipping costs, etc. I can also tell you that since it also uses indirect light, there is NO (extra) strain on the eyes whatsoever. You can also adjust the font or font size to your liking, which makes it ideal for elderly people too.

By the way, I recently got a tablet and tried to read a book on it. That was much less pleasant, even with white letters on black background. Because of the bigger screen and colors, it is suitable for comics though. Until full color e-ink readers with screens bigger than 5" come along.

Comment: Re:P2TC signs: "I really like this" (Score 1) 79

This little joke actually raises an interesting topic, as sign language usually does not follow the same grammar as spoken/written language. Sign languages can differ from country to country or from region to region, similar to dialects. The hands aren't the only things used to convey meanings either: facial expressions or body movements are used too.

An example of sign language using the line above could be to represent the words "breasts", "you" and "like", in that order, with expressing the meaning "very much" by widening the eyes or exaggerating the sign for "like". If a software program can only recognize signs and nothing else, the "really" gets lost in translation. And then you have to put the words in the right order as well.

The Courts

+ - EFF To Ask Judge To Rule Universal Abused DMCA

Submitted by xSander
xSander (1227106) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge in San Jose, CA to rule that Universal abused the DMCA to take down a video of a toddler dancing to a Prince song.

The case in question, whose oral argument will be Tuesday, October 16, is Stephanie Lenz vs. Universal, a case that began back in 2007. Lenz shared a video on YouTube of her son dancing to "Let's Go Crazy" on a stereo in the background. After Universal took the video down, Lenz filed a suit with help of the EFF to hold Universal accountable for taking down her fair use. The court had already decided that content owners must consider fair use before sending copyright takedown notices."

Comment: Re:What's up Netherlands? (Score 2) 203

by xSander (#41332801) Attached to: Dutch Court Rules Hyperlinks Can Constitute Infringement
Yeah, and the Dutch "cookies law" is much more rigorous as a result. BTW, it's not really a cookies law, it's a law that requires websites to ask permission to track their visitors through whatever method, even IP addresses (as those can be tied to a specific person in most cases.)

Comment: Re:Not only UK, also many other European countries (Score 1) 62

by xSander (#40637727) Attached to: Google Maps Adds UK Cycling Directions

(Oh, and for some algorithm fun, try getting walking directions from Hull, England to Esbjerg, Denmark. It seems to be trying to minimise the walking distance, with rather amusing results.)

Amusing indeed. I tried the bike directions. You have to bike all the way to Norwich and take the ferry to Esbjerg. The alternative is the same as for the walking route.

Anyway, I'm from The Netherlands and I just tried to get the bike route from my home to work. Well, I know a much shorter route than what it gave me! Obviously it's very much in beta.

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